Tweaked Sorento appeals to a wider market
Kia South Africa has released an enhanced family friendly Sorento that retains its handy SUV proportions in a sharper new look, with a revised cabin and under the skin enhancements in a consolidated range to keep it sharp in a competitive market segment. First up is that new look with new LED projection daylight running headlamps on EX models complemented by a freshly aggro grill and bumper design, a rear bumper, sleeker tail lamps and a subtly revised tailgate, while all models ride on cool new 18-inch alloy wheels with a full-sized spare wheel.
Inside, Sorento maintains an upmarket feel and adds a more tactile steering wheel, gear knob and a revised instrument cluster; improved air vents in a contemporary centre console design packing new 6-speaker 8-inch colour SatNav touchscreen infotainment with USB/Aux, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the big news inside is that all models now get a leather clad full seven-seater spec with versatile new 40/20/40 split second row seats foldable via cargo bay levers, a higher folding centre armrest and a fold-flat third row bench for optimal 605 litre luggage space atop a secure under-floor compartment and cargo net.
The Sorento range is simplified to LX and EX derivatives available in either front or Dynamax all-wheel drive, all powered by the popular and powerful 147kW 440Nm 2.2-litre R turbodiesel good for 100km/h in 9.4 seconds and 203km/h at 164 g/km CO2 turning Kia’s all-new slick-shifting eight-speed automatic with four Eco, Comfort, Sport and Smart driving modes.
Add Electronic Stability Control, hill-start, an Auto Electric Parking Brake, Cruise Control, ABS brakes with EBD, six airbags and ISOFIX child seat anchors; reverse camera Park Distance Control and kid safe power windows. Sorento packs a five year unlimited kilometre warranty and 5-year/100,000km service plan with 3-years roadside assistance.
KIA Sorento Pricing
2.2 CRDI LX R570K
2.2 CRDI LX AWD R610K
2.2 CRDI EX R600K
2.2 CRDI EX AWD R640K